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2018 BAFTAs: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be fourth woman to win Best Original Screenplay

2018 BAFTAs: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be fourth woman to win Best Original Screenplay
After her Writers Guild Awards loss, Greta Gerwig can rebound with a win at Sunday’s BAFTA Awards for her “Lady Bird” script. Should she pull through, she’d only be the fourth woman to win Best Original Screenplay in BAFTA history.

BAFTA split its Best Screenplay category into original and adapted in 1983 and since then, Shawn Slovo (“A World Apart” [1988]), Nora Ephron (“When Harry Met Sally…” [1989]) and Diablo Cody (“Juno” [2007]) are the only female writers who’ve won Best Original Screenplay. No women won BAFTA’s single screenplay category when it existed from 1968 through ’82.

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Of those three winners, only Cody went on to win the corresponding Oscar, which is also the last time a woman has won either writing category at the Oscars. Slovo was not
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Dustin Lance Black Wins Writers Guild’s Valentine Davies Award

Dustin Lance Black Wins Writers Guild’s Valentine Davies Award
Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for the “Milk” screenplay, has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Valentine Davies Award in recognition for his civil and human rights efforts.

Black will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.

“Dustin Lance Black is the embodiment of the Valentine Davies Award. A tireless advocate for the cause of Lgbtq+ rights, his accomplishments in that arena have been truly profound,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “The Board of Directors of the Wgaw considers it our honor to give him this award.”

Black earned an Academy Award, a Writers Guild Award, the Wgaw’s Paul Selvin Award, and the Pen Center USA’s Literary Award for the “Milk” script. He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (Afer), which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California
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‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017

‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017
Netflix may be in massive debt, but that hasn’t changed much for the streaming giant, which announced a robust list of new additions today. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is heading to Netflix, as well as two other masterpieces from provocative auteurs: Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” As the summer movie season winds down, Netflix has plenty of gems to carry you into fall.

Other titles heading to the streaming service include the entire “Jaws” franchise, Martin Scorsese’s Daniel Day Lewis vehicle “Gangs of New York,” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” Check out the complete list of all the new films joining Netflix in September, 2017 below, including our 7 must-see choices.

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September kicks off with “Amores Perros,” the breakout feature from “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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Dead Poets Society: why its sets were burned after one day

Simon Brew Feb 28, 2017

The first day of production on Dead Poets Society was such a disaster, its sets were burned down...

One of the late Robin Williams' most beloved films is Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. In the movie, Williams played John Keating, the unorthodox teacher at a 1959 boys prep school. Even just writing those words makes me want to stand on a table and proclaim "oh captain my captain".

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As with many loved movies though, there's a story or two lying behind the success of Dead Poets Society (a movie that Dustin Hoffman was once upon a time going to star in and direct). In particular, after one day of shooting, it looked like the film wasn't going to happen at all.
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Awards Roundup: Peter Morgan Set for BFI Fellowship, Richard Curtis Picked for WGA Humanitarian Award and More

Awards Roundup: Peter Morgan Set for BFI Fellowship, Richard Curtis Picked for WGA Humanitarian Award and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

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– The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that director Johnny Ma has won the Academy’s Best First Feature award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, for his feature film, “Old Stone.” This award celebrates the outstanding debut of a first-time filmmaker. The film had its North American premiere at Tiff in the Discovery Programme and was awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The film can be pre-ordered on iTunes for viewing after April 7, 2017.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12.

– Acclaimed screenwriter-director Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service, which have achieved a
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Richard Curtis Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award

Richard Curtis Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award
Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service.

Curtis’ screenplay credits include “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “War Hose” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“The Valentine Davies Award is given to that Wgaw member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“We can think of no better recipient than Richard Curtis. He is not only one of our best screenwriters but a man who has used his gifts and his position to combat poverty and injustice. Curtis is an exemplar of empathy. His work resonates strongly on the screen, and his charitable efforts have
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'Dead Poets Society': Theater Review

'Dead Poets Society': Theater Review
Making a creditable dramatic theater debut in an underwhelming project, Jason Sudeikis puts his own gentle funnyman spin on John Keating, the inspirational English teacher at the starchy all-boys preparatory school in Dead Poets Society. That role's indelible association with Robin Williams, who played the character onscreen in Peter Weir's 1989 film, turns out to be less of a snag than the material itself. Director John Doyle brings his customary stripped-down elegance to the production, and elicits sensitive performances from the young actors playing Keating's students. But Tom Schulman's thin adaptation of his Oscar-winning screenplay exposes its contrivances...
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Off Script: Jason Sudeikis Talks Playing Robin Williams' Iconic Role in 'Dead Poets Society' Onstage (Q&A)

Off Script: Jason Sudeikis Talks Playing Robin Williams' Iconic Role in 'Dead Poets Society' Onstage (Q&A)
Jason Sudeikis is "O Captain! My Captain!" John Keating in Dead Poets Society, a new stage version of the 1989 film making its world premiere at off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company. Directed by Csc's new artistic director John Doyle and adapted by the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman, the 90-minute drama marks the Saturday Night Live alum’s first dramatic role for the stage, playing the inspirational English teacher who shares his love of poetry with his students at a conservative all-boys prep school, urging them to embrace their potential to lead extraordinary lives.

“It’s a giant monolith...
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Jason Sudeikis to star in 'Dead Poets Society' play

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Jason Sudeikis to star in 'Dead Poets Society' play
O Captain! My Captain! Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis will be “live” once again as he’ll star in the off-Broadway version of Dead Poets Society. In the production at the Classic Stage Company, Sudeikis will take on the role of John Keating. This was the same part for which Robin Williams earned an Academy Award nomination in 1989. The play’s director John Doyle said in a statement, “I felt it important that we find an actor like Jason who brings a fresh perspective, and all at Csc are delighted that he will be joining us for this unique venture.” The script for Dead Poets Society will come from a familiar pen, as Tom Schulman - who earned an Oscar for Best Screenplay - will adapt it for stage. No other casting details have been released. Dead Poets Society will go into previews on October 27, with the opening slated
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Jason Sudeikis to Captain ‘Dead Poets Society’ Off Broadway Play

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Jason Sudeikis to Captain ‘Dead Poets Society’ Off Broadway Play
Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis will star in a new stage adaptation of “Dead Poets Society” for Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company this fall. Based on the 1989 film starring Robin Williams, the adaptation will be written by Tom Schulman and directed by John Doyle. Performances will begin on Thursday, October 27 at Csc with an official press opening Thursday, November 17. No other casting details have yet been announced. Also Read: James Nederlander, Broadway Icon, Dies at 94 “I’m thrilled that Jason Sudeikis is taking on this iconic role in Dead Poets Society,” Doyle said in a statement. “I felt it.
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Jason Sudeikis to Star in 'Dead Poets Society' on Stage

Jason Sudeikis to Star in 'Dead Poets Society' on Stage
Jason Sudeikis is seizing the day. The Saturday Night Live alumnus has signed on to play the lead in the new stage version of Dead Poets Society. Sudeikis will take on the role of anti-conformist English professor John Keating, made famous by Robin Williams in the 1989 movie. Adapted by Tom Schulman from his Oscar-winning screenplay, the drama will have its world premiere at off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company in a production by Csc's new artistic director, John Doyle. The play begins previews Oct. 27, with an official opening set for Nov. 17. Sudeikis has deep roots on

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‘Dead Poets Society’ to Become Off-Broadway Play

‘Dead Poets Society’ to Become Off-Broadway Play
The Oscar-winning 1989 movie “Dead Poets Society” is getting the stage treatment, and will debut Off Broadway this fall. The Classic Stage Company announced the show Monday as part of its 2016-17 season. “It is thrilling to be announcing our new season for Csc,” said artistic director John Doyle. “Three great stories written by top writers providing, I hope, variety and continuity. A great American story by the wonderful Tom Schulman, a delightful new addition to David Ives‘ on-going work for Csc, and a further opportunity to explore the remarkable Sondheim/Weidman collaboration makes me excited for this new adventure.” Also Read: Jimmy.
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‘Big Fish’ Writer John August Honored by Writers Guild

‘Big Fish’ Writer John August Honored by Writers Guild
Screenwriter John August (“Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award.

The honor has been given in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, civic service and his role in fostering a community of writers. August will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“John is the writer we’d all want to be: wildly intelligent, deeply practical, effortlessly inventive, and generous to a fault,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“Whether he’s creating apps, campaigning for marriage equality, mentoring younger writers, podcasting with Craig Mazin, sitting on our Negotiating Committee, or constructing a school in Malawi, John has made service to the larger community a part of his second nature. Protip: when you find yourself in difficult straits, ask yourself ‘What would John August do?
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About: Hollywood Film Awards billed as the launch of awards season

The Hollywood Film Awards® was founded in 1997 and honors excellence in filmmaking and traditionally signals the Official Launch of the Award Season®. The HFAs showcase to the public at large previews of quality films released during the calendar year. The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® gala took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.” The Hollywood Film Awards launch the awards season. Over the past 18 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.” 2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley,
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Hollywood Film Awards – Criteria and Selection – Launching the Awards Season

The Hollywood Film Awards honor established Hollywood artists. The criteria for these awards is based on the recipient’s body of work and/or a film that they have coming out this year. These awards are bestowed in all disciplines of filmmaking*: Career, Leadership, Producer, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Editor, Film Composer, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Animation, and Visual Effects. Our award/tribute recipients are selected by our Advisory Team which is comprised of a cross section of Hollywood professionals. To read more about the Hollywood Film Awards The selection process for our honorees takes multiple elements into consideration and involves attending pre-press private industry screenings, press screenings, festival screenings, and research. It also includes the support and participation of established entertainment industry executives, from agents, critics, directors, managers, producers, publicists, screenwriters and studio execs to members of the craft guilds. With participating Hollywood insiders,
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Ben Affleck Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award

Ben Affleck Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award
The Writers Guild of America West has selected Ben Affleck to receive the 2015 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and service to the global community.

Affleck will be honored at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Ben Affleck needs no introduction here,” said WGA West president Chris Keyser. “Yet this Oscar-winning screenwriter – twice nominated for Writers Guild Awards – and much-lauded actor-director-producer has somehow found the time to become an engaged leader in humanitarian causes here and abroad.”

“Perhaps most crucially, Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grant-making and advocacy group that works toward an eastern Congo with opportunities for economic and social development and the flourishing of a robust civil society,” Keyser added. “Affleck has traveled extensively in support of these initiatives with energy, commitment, intelligence and effectiveness, devoting large amounts of time and presence. And in doing so,
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'Pulp Fiction' spawn: The best and worst of the Tarantino clones that followed

'Pulp Fiction' spawn: The best and worst of the Tarantino clones that followed
When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere
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Josh Charles shares 'Dead Poets Society' memories, 25 years later

Josh Charles shares 'Dead Poets Society' memories, 25 years later
In the summer of 1989, Dead Poets Society was in theaters making moviegoers laugh, cry, and learn Latin. The Best Picture nominee earned an Oscar for screenwriter Tom Schulman, as well as nods for director Peter Weir and Robin Williams, who stars as English teacher John Keating—the man who taught more than just his prep-school students the meaning of the phrase carpe diem (“seize the day”). It was also the breakout film for Robert Sean Leonard (tortured Neil Perry), Ethan Hawke (shy Todd Anderson), and Josh Charles (romantic Knox Overstreet). Charles discussed some of his fond memories in an interview with EW.
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Barack Obama, John Singleton and the Academy toast 'Do the Right Thing'

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Barack Obama, John Singleton and the Academy toast 'Do the Right Thing'
Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said,
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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate
A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs
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